MarketPlace, February 15, 2021, LGBTQ people now protected under the Fair Housing Act
For the first time, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are now protected from housing discrimination under federal law.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development announced this month that the Fair Housing Act covers people who experience discrimination because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
“This is a very big deal,” said Jake Lilien, an attorney and compliance program manager with the National Community Reinvestment Coalition. “We’ve been waiting a long time for the day when someone could contact HUD and say, ‘I’ve been the victim of housing discrimination because I’m gay or because I’m trans.’”